Diary: Watchdog finds Airtours PR chief has a bark that’s as bad as her bite

Airtours’ fearsome communications director Anita McErlean is looking forward to her next face-to-face with the BBC.

Airtours’ fearsome communications director Anita McErlean is

looking forward to her next face-to-face with the BBC.



As one of the companies which is tackling the corporation over consumer

affairs programme Watchdog, Airtours will attend a meeting arranged

between the companies and BBC chairman Sir Christopher Bland to discuss

the show.



Bland wrote to the several complainants, who include Ford and Dixons,

last week saying he was happy to meet, and a date is being

discussed.



In April last year, when McErlean appeared on Watchdog to defend her

company, she impressed the programme makers. The producer told her to

get a job on television, and presenter Anne Robinson shook her hand and

congratulated her on her performance. Indeed McErlean tells me that

she’s often compared to the fiery Watchdog presenter, a comparison she’s

not that fond of. ’People say she’s got the same colour hair and the

same hairstyle as me,’ she laments.



And it seems that Robinson was lucky to get away with a handshake after

the show. ’It was not a brilliant performance, I just managed to keep my

cool and not thump anyone,’ says McErlean.



Lets hope she keeps her temper during the meeting with Bland.



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